Past Events

Jul
28
2020
Date
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
1:00pm to 2:00pm

This webinar will present findings from two forthcoming publications on community schools: the PACE brief “Community Schools: A Coronavirus Recovery Strategy;” and “Creating Strong Community Schools: The Role of California Counties in Providing Technical Assistance” by the Learning Policy Institute. The webinar will also feature perspectives from leaders at the school and county levels who will speak to what it takes to launch and sustain community schools.

Jun
2
2020
Date
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
4:00pm to 5:00pm

Join us for a conversation, co-sponsored by Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Stanford Graduate School of Education, and the Learning Policy Institute, about education during COVID-19 including the challenges and opportunities ahead as schools and families prepare for a new academic year.  What policies and practices can help ensure equitable and effective re-opening? What might learning and classrooms look like in the future?

Apr
28
2020
Date
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
11:00am to 12:00pm

With the economy in decline and millions out of work, funding for education—which is heavily dependent on personal and corporate earnings and spending—is expected to be significantly reduced in 2020-21. California’s per pupil spending is already well below the national average, and this financial impact will come at a time when our schools need more money, not less, to serve our state’s children and youth. The goal of this webinar is to build understanding about the challenges to come and suggest how state and local policy can mitigate the impact on teaching and learning.

Mar
10
2020
Date
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
1:00pm to 2:00pm

This webinar was the third in a three-part webinar series on special education featuring new research on the status of special education in California and paths forward for organizing schools to better support students with disabilities. This webinar will cover Differentiated Assistance, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Interagency Collaboration, and Lessons from Other States in Support of Students with Disabilities. 

Feb
7
2020
Date
Friday, February 7, 2020
9:00am to 4:00pm
Location

Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
500 J St
Sacramento, CA 95814

PACE’s annual conference brings together nearly 300 California policymakers, researchers, and education leaders to discuss new research and approaches to improving educational outcomes for California’s students, from early childhood through higher education.

Dec
13
2019
Date
Friday, December 13, 2019
11:30am to 1:00pm
Location

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) fosters accountability through districts’ use of Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs) and District Dashboard metrics aligned to the state priorities. The state’s new system of support is designed to assist districts whose Dashboard results have fallen short of expectations and is intended to advance both equity and excellence by helping districts shift from a culture of compliance to one of support and continuous improvement.

Nov
8
2019
Date
Friday, November 8, 2019
11:30am to 1:00pm
Location

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

In this seminar, Pivot Learning will discuss two case studies aimed at better understanding the ways in which California districts’ budget challenges impact their ability to serve students. The cases explore this impact in two unique locations: the Sacramento City Unified School District and Marin County. These reports find that, in Sacramento, increasing health care costs and poor business practices have led to deficit spending and cuts to programs and services.

Oct
4
2019
Date
Friday, October 4, 2019
11:30am to 1:00pm
Location

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

In line with LCFF and California’s ESSA plan, districts and schools across the state are increasingly seeking to use continuous improvement to identify areas of focus and to shape their approach to addressing performance gaps and improve student outcomes. For many districts, this raises two critical questions: 1) How do we support educators in learning continuous improvement? And 2) What school and district conditions facilitate continuous improvement work? As part of its work in the CORE-PACE Research Partnership, PACE spent the 2018-19 school year studying improvement efforts in the CORE districts and how the CORE capability-building programs and other supports are helping their districts and school take up continuous improvement. In this seminar, Alix Gallagher (PACE) will present lessons learned about these critical questions from the most recent research report and case studies, and Rick Miller (CORE districts) will discuss how these findings are influencing CORE’s approach moving forward.

Jun
11
2019
Date
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
10:00am to 11:00am
Location

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

The costs of employee and retiree health and welfare benefits have increased rapidly in recent years and districts require employees to pay relatively little of these costs. As a consequence, the cost of these benefits represent a growing share of district budgets. Many districts have accumulated large unfunded liabilities in the form of health benefits promised to their retirees. These financial pressures divert resources from other district priorities and may become worse if revenues stagnate or decline.

Apr
29
2019
Date
Monday, April 29, 2019
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location

Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center
San Diego State University
5250 55th Street, CA 92182

Over the past 10 years, California's PreK-12 public school system has seen transformative changes in almost every arena, from academic standards and accountability to resource allocation through the funding formula. The Getting Down to Facts II project brought together over 100 of the country's top education scholars to examine these changes and assess our progress. The project's 36 studies, released this past fall, focused on student success, governance systems, personnel issues, and school finance, and together, they can help build a common understanding of where we are that can be used to guide further improvements.